If you are a high school senior and still need to make a decision on your future, there are several things you need to do in order to prolong your sports playing career.
1. Try and find off-season tournaments / exhibitions where you can go and showcase your talents to coaches who are still looking for senior recruits. This is a perfect opportunity to go into a venue where you know all of the spectators are still looking to fill their teams. Many recruits get recruited out of these types of events and are able to show their talents to schools they normally wouldn’t have thought of contacting.
2. If you are a multi sport athlete, don’t limit yourself to one sport! So many underclassmen make the mistake of picking one sport to “specialize” at, when in reality different sports help develop new skills that crossover to most if not any athletic event you decide to try. The more tools in your belt, the more jobs you can perform, not to mention how many more people will see you play. Sometimes all it takes is one “WOW” play for people to start following you into other sports venues. You also never know what college scouts and coaches are looking for or needing to fill their rosters.
3. Find a local mentor or former athlete/alumni in your area or selected sport and LEARN, LEARN, LEARN from them. There are plenty of people who TRULY want to help. Ask your coaches, teachers, and administrators if they have any suggestions of people whom they feel can and will help. You could benefit greatly from someone who has been through the ropes and willing to recount their path through whatever it may be that you want to know. Whether its finding a former college player to work out with, or using an assistant coach to help develop weak spots, or just talking to the guidance counselor on what colleges offer what programs, it’s all worth it.
Moral of the story is if you are a senior and want to play your sport at the collegiate level this is not the time to wait around; you need to be proactive. You do have options, but you need to make sure that you explore all of them and be aggressive.
If you have questions on how to get your recruiting started please ask us.
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From the NCAA…
Division II Academic Eligibility Requirements
Any core courses used toward your initial eligibility must be completed prior to full-time collegiate enrollment. To be eligible to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice and compete during your first year, you must:
• Graduate from high school; • Complete these 16 core courses: • 3years of English; • 2 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher); • 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school); • 3 additional years of English, math, or natural or physical science; • 2 years of social science; and • 4 years of additional core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy); • Earn a 2.000 grade-point average or better in your core courses; and • Earn a combined SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68. For individuals enrolling at a college or university in Puerto Rico, earn a combined Prueba de Aptitud Academica score of 730.
Division II Qualifier Being a qualifier enables you to: • Practice and compete for your college or university during your first year of college; • Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; and • Play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your academic eligibility from year-to-year.
Division II Partial Qualifier You will be considered a partial qualifier if you do not meet all of the academic requirements listed above, but you have graduated from high school and meet one of the following: • The combined SAT score of 820 or ACT sum score of 68; or • Completion of the 16 core courses with a 2.000 core-course grade-point average.
As a partial qualifier, you: • Can practice with your team at its home facility during your first year of college; • Can receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; • Cannot compete during your first year of college; and • Can play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your academic eligibility from year-to-year.
Division II Nonqualifier You will be considered a nonqualifier if you do not meet qualifier or partial-qualifier requirements.
As a nonqualifier, you: • Cannot practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college; • Cannot receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college, although you may receive need-based financial aid; and • Can play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your academic eligibility from year-to-year.
LET YOUR RECRUITING COACH KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMING AND WOULD LIKE AN EVALUATION: Call the camp office (the phone number should be on the brochure) a couple days before the camp that you are attending and tell the person who answers the telephone your name, position and high school. Ask which coach recruits your area or position. Write down their name and get their direct email address and phone number. Ask to be transferred to them—let them know or leave a voicemail telling them that you are coming to the camp in a couple days (don’t call much sooner, they will forget), that you are emailing your highlight tape right now and would like an evaluation, if possible, at the camp. Email them a link to your most recent highlights and include your name, high school, position, grad year, height, weight and contact information along with the camp date that you will be attending. When you arrive to check-in, ask a staff member if your recruiting coach is there and to point them out or see if they are able to introduce you to them. Tell them you are excited to be there say you would hope to get an evaluation and see if they had a chance to look at the highlights that you sent them.